Launch of Russian Zenit rocket with U.S. satellite postponed

The launch of the U.S. Intelsat 18 telecommunications satellite atop a Russian Zenit-2SB carrier rocket has been postponed, the Russian Space Agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The launch of the spacecraft from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan was scheduled for 1:00 on Wednesday Moscow time (21:00 GMT on Tuesday), but Intelsat asked that it be moved to October 6 at 1:00 Moscow time.

The Intelsat-18 satellite is equipped with 32 transponders and will provide telecommunications services to customers in East Asia, U.S. West Coast and the Pacific Region.

Intelsat Ltd. operates the world’s most extensive satellite network, comprising over 50 satellites.

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